Dairy sustainability leaders representing processors, retailers, cooperatives and farms will gather with experts from environmental organizations, government agencies, universities and others to support progress and identify collaboration opportunities during the Dairy Sustainability Forum, which will take place May 8-9 in Rosemont, Ill.

The event, hosted by the Dairy Sustainability Alliance, brings together alliance members representing more than 100 organizations across the supply chain that are committed to advancing dairy sustainability. The forum also is an opportunity to provide feedback on emerging initiatives of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, which was established under the leadership of dairy farmers and is led by company CEOs and industry leaders representing 60% of the U.S. milk supply. The Innovation Center said it provides a pre-competitive setting for the industry to work together on shared social responsibility priorities and opportunities.

This year’s agenda includes new research and insights, conversations that challenge conventional thinking, program updates and breakout sessions, the Innovation Center said, including:

  • U.S. Dairy Stewardship Commitment adoption and alignment with global standards.
  • U.S. dairy’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emission intensity.
  • Dairy’s role in ensuring responsibly produced nutrient-rich foods are available to meet the needs of a growing population.
  • Emerging trends in consumer, technological and market sectors that impact the future of dairy sustainability.
  • Measuring and improving sustainability in dairy feed production.
  • Success stories of increasing dairy servings for Feeding America’s 40 million-plus clients.
  • Ecosystem Services Markets that drive environmental and economic improvements in dairy.

For registration information, visit http://sustainabilityforum.usdairy.com.